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Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Deerfield, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2006

This hotel is by no means fancy, and needs renovations, but was spotlessly clean, and the staff is the friendliest and most polite staff I've encountered at any resort hotel ever! The food is pricy, not as much as Grand Cayman, but expensive, nonetheless. The all inclusive is not a bad option @ $60 US per person/day. Beer is good, too much rum in the punch and food was decent. Breakfast good, some dinners excellent and some average. Warri Pier (their ala carte rest) was exceptional and is in the water. Beach is fantastic, good equipment all over, some nights had decent entertainment. Most of the guests are Brits, as Rex is owned by the Brits and Virgin flies direct. Great time and would definately stay again.

  • Stayed March 2006
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2006

We booked the holiday before seeing the reviews so were horrified by what to expect. The reality was we had a fantastic holiday and will definately return.

Yes, the hotel is not brilliant but very adequate. The re-painting in brown does not help and there is not much atmosphere, but we had a nice (superior)room air conditioned with balcony and sea view which was clean with a very comfortable large bed. The bathroom however was bad with rust stained bath and leaking taps.

The location is fantastic and the staff lovely. Great value for money, better beach and it had shades which Sandals didn't. Dickenson's Bay is probaly the best location because of the great beach and the facilities it has to offer and is close to St John's.
Most of the other hotels are on isolated beaches without anything around and Taxis are very expensive. 20USD each way to St John's which was only 10 min drive.

By going room only and paying for breakfast (which was good), we had the freedom to eat out and are glad we did. Both 'The Beach' and Coconut Grove were great restaurants with good food and atmosphere and the 10 min stroll along the beach in the moonlight was a joy.
The restaurants are quite expensive but it still worked out less than paying for all inclusive with much better food and atmosphere and an evening out. OK you don't get 'free' drinks all day, but you have more choice and the bar on the beach serves great coctails and the guys who work it are great fun.

Antigua and it's people are lovely and so much nicer than Barbados. It is worth hiring a car and seeing the island which can be done in a day and Nelson's Dockyard / English Harbour is a must. As all the other reports suggest, Shirley Heights on a Sunday evening is also a must.

Despite it's shortcomings, we will return to Halcyon Cove for a good value holiday on a superb beach on a beautiful island with lovely local people. If you enjoy water skiing as I do, you can't do better with a 2 mile stretch of flat water, a good boat and good driver. Terry at the Halcyon Cove watersports centre is excellent. Other guys who deserve a mention are Marvin who organised our Shirley Heights trip and Marley at the beach bar just down from the hotel.

My wife and I have been very fortunate to have travelled extensively both with my work and on vacation to places that include Mauritius, Seychelles, Bali, Barbados, Phuket, Thailand, Goa / India, South Africa, Madagascar, USA, Hong Kong, China, Australia and most European destinations but Antigua is the best!

  • Stayed February 2006
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2006

I have just returned from a week at Halcyon Cove with my girlfriend and had a very pleasant stay.
It is not perfect but very good value for money. As everyone says, the beach is one of the best on the island with good watersport facilities. We kayaked and sailed a catamaran (for an extra charge). Small dingy sailing was free.
The food was excellent, either the usual buffet with different themes or the daily lunch barbeque by the sea. Dinner was a barbeque on Saturday night also. We met North Americans who were unhappy with no choice of restaurants and the lack of burgers, fries and pizza. If you are looking for that kind of diet then this is not the place for you. The truth is that it was excellent fresh, healthy food with plenty of options. The fresh fish barbequed to order for lunch was a highlight - delicious ! I think '8 ball' was the really good fish chef.
The Warri Pier serves dinner some nights but on the night we tried they were less than welcoming. the food was ok and the setting good but the attitude of the staff off putting. We did experience similar in the main restaurant when we ate a bit later, maybe finishing after 9:30. The staff are obviously keen to get home and service drops off somewhat. Most people seem to eat around 7:30 so would not experience this problem and it wasn't bad enough to stop me revisiting. Most times the staff were polite and helpful.
After moving from a room with a connecting door which was noisy with the TV from next door, we were happy with the room and view we had. Fantastic big comfortable bed and it was very quiet at night, which as a light sleeper is important for me. No need to use the aircon, just leave the veranda door open and enjoy the night breeze. All in all a happy stay with the beach and beach restaurant areas the highlights (see pictures).

  • Stayed March 2006
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2006

My beloved and I went to the Rex H C from March 4 to Mar 11. I too was wondering what it would be like after reading some of the reviews, but two things persuaded us to try this place - - a special price cut for beachfront rooms (all inclusive) and the photos of the beach. The beach is only steps away (no steep grades, long walks, etc.), fairly wide and beautiful, one of the best I've seen in the Caribbean. Not only did we have enough chaises, tiki shelters, etc., but we even had surf enough to ride some waves...nothing like the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but still interesting. The food was excellent. It was totally different every day (except for breakfast, which still had great choices and the omelettes cooked to order was really quite good!). The food was hot, prepared well, diverse, interesting selections, and really quite good. The quality was definitely a cut above most buffets. One night there was a seafood buffet and it was really quite good, even had oyster rockefeller and clams casino! Lunches are available at the beach - - fresh tuna, kingfish grilled, hamburgers, veggies, dessert, etc. Drinks were good IF you asked them to go heavy on the rum, or whatever you were drinking. Towels for the beach were plenty and plush. The staff were outgoing but not pushy; they were ALWAYS helpful and quite willing to do what they could to make the vacation a good one. Several staff were extraordianry and should get raises! (Yes, I told the mgt.) So the reviews I had seen concerning all those things seemed like they were really wide of the mark.

If you are thinking about going all inclusive, I recommend it. We had never done that before, but it was very convenient. Taxi prices and car rentals are pricey at Antigua, and all my wife and I wanted to do was chill out on the beach for a week, so all inclusive worked out really well. You can't beat just walking off the beach and getting drinks any time you want them.. . or pigging out on desserts or having 25 oysters rockefeller.

The only thing we ran into which was not great was the room itself. It was like an aged franchise motel room, quite satisfactory but bordering being basic, not as basic as a room at the French Garden in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka (that's basic! good, but basic), but still adequate. furnished adequately, with acceptable plumbing (no fancy shower heads, etc., everything functional). The AC ran wide open all the time and was barely adequate but would be completely inadequate in the summer. I would not go to the Rex H C in the summer unless you get some advance assurance from them about the AC. The king bed survived and actually was quite comfortable. Housekeeping did an excellent job keeping the room clean, free of sand, clean towels, etc.

I absolutely recommend the Rex H C so long as you do not expect the room itself to be a 5 star room.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Isle of Man
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2006

My Girlfriend and I have just returned from a great week at the Rex. After reading the reviews we were both a little nervous about what to expect. On arrival the staff at the front desk were very welcoming and provided a welcome glass of fruit punch while we checked in. we booked a superior room which was comfortable, spacious and kept very clean. The bed was huge and very comfortable. The air conditioning did seem a little old and noisy but it did a good job in keeping the room nice and cool.
The beach is simply stunning while the beach vendors are polite and a simple "No Thanks" does the trick. There were always plenty of available beds and shaded areas around both the pool and the beach, and the gardens were very well kept.
We stayed on an all inclusive basis and found this to be good value as the prices of both food and drink listed in the different bars and restaurants seemed pretty high. The standard of food we found to be very good, its all buffet style in the Arawak Restaurant but a la carte is available at the Warri Pier for an extra charge. I must give a special mention to Chef Orlan who works at Breakfast and not only makes great omelette's, but seems to really enjoy serving people and makes you feel very welcome!

All in all I would say that the hotel is indeed a 3 star, and as long as you arent expecting 5 star Sandals style treatment and accomodation then you will have a great time.

  • Stayed March 2006
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2006

My boyfriend and I went to Halycon Cove in October 2005. Let me just say that my boyfriend and his family have been share owner of Halycon Cove for 20+ years. He has not been there in the past 5+ years so he remembers it when it was the hottest place in Antigua and when it was tons of people and excitement. First of all we arrive at the Halycon Cove and IT WAS CLOSED for renovations. That's right. closed. My boyfriend even called to conform the week before. There was nobody at the resort except for a security guard to was the sweetest thing. She explained that it was closed for renovation and we were transferred to Antigua Village next door. We walked around and it was pretty much a mess. The wary pier was all border up. The Tiki Umbrellas on the beach were all destroyed. The hotel is in need of a major renovation. It is very outdated and old looking and sticks out like a sore thumb compared to Sandals and Antigua Village which are all in walking distance. We took a video to show his parents back home and the could not believe it.

We were transferred to another time share resort at Dickenson's Bay called Antigua Village. We had a great time at the resort and met wonderful people. Coconut Grove Restaurant and The Beach restaurant are wonderful. Great atmosphere, food is delicious. If it were not for those two restaurants, the area would be dead. Sandals takes up a good portion of Dickenson's Bay and now they are taking over the rest of property towards the other end of Halycon Cove with a new Mediterranean Village.

Over all we had a great time. The vendors on the beach are nice. We spend a day at sandals and used their spa - it was wonderful. Shopping in town was fun. We had the ‘Fruit Lady” come to our resort a few times a week and she sells exotic fruit right out of her car. One word of advice - BRING bug strap - you will be eaten alive once the sun sets. I have never seen anything like it. My boyfriend had over 50 bites on his back.

  • Stayed October 2005
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6 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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, Managing Director MRI at Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, April 2, 2006
It is very strange that this lady has posted such a negative review and given one star out of five for rooms, service, value, cleanliness, dining, activities and pool as the hotel was CLOSED at the time of her intended stay for refurbishment and therefore she did not actually stay at the hotel but at Antigua Village down the road. I am also not sure why she has waited 5 months to post this extrememly misleading review. We did close the hotel for 3 months for refurbishment works (October to December 2005), and will be carrying out further enhancements to the property later this year.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2006

Can't believe some of these reviews; 16 of us have just returned from staying at this hotel and have all had an amazing time!! The age range of our group was from 21 to 59 and everybody loved it. The staff were lovely and really helpful, the location is second to none and the food was much better than we had expected it to be. The rooms were basic but clean, bed was huge and very comfortable. There are a couple of lovely restaurants and bars within walking distance for a change of scenery. The beach is fantastic and the vendors are all part of the fun and don't push if you politely say "no". All in all we had a fantastic holiday and a big thank you to all the staff at Halcyon Cove!

  • Stayed February 2006
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Property: Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
Address: Dickenson Bay | PO Box 251, St. John's, Antigua
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
#5 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 181
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoying a pristine picture postcard beach front location, the Halcyon Cove by rex resorts offers the very essence of a perfect Caribbean setting. Beautiful glistening waters gently lap at the palm-fringed white sands of Dickenson Bay where guests can recline beneath the palm-frond parasols or exert some energy on a variety of water sports. International buffet breakfast and dinner cuisine is served at the Arawak Terrace restaurant or treat yourself at the Warri Pier a-la-carte restaurant featuring speciality grills and lobster in its unique setting over the sea. ... more   less 
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